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WPI's Hermanson Elected ASME Fellow

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Worcester, Mass. -- James C. Hermanson of Paxton, Mass., associate professor of mechanical engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), has been elected a Fellow in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). Fellow is the highest elected grade of membership within ASME, the attainment of which recognizes exceptional engineering achievements and contributions to the engineering profession. Hermanson was cited for significant and original contributions to the mechanical engineering knowledge and education through his research, teaching and service activities.

Hermanson holds the George I. Alden Chair in Engineering at WPI and is the recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER Program grant to study the vaporization of liquid fuels in supersonic flow. He is the principal investigator for a NASA microgravity combustion experiment on pulsed diffusion flames and also a NASA microgravity fluid physics experiment on film condensation and heat transfer. The combustion experiment is a candidate flight experiment for the International Space Station.

He earned a bachelor's degree in aeronautics and astronautics at the University of Washington and a master's and doctorate in aeronautics at the California Institute of Technology. He served as a post-doctoral fellow at the Institute for Physical Chemistry, University of Goettigen, Germany where he studied soot formation in premixed flames. He joined the WPI faculty in 1995.

Hermanson has worked at several well-known research laboratories including the Applied Physics Laboratory in Washington State and United Technologies Research Center in Connecticut. As a research scientist at United Technologies he worked on projects in advanced propulsion and made important contributions in the areas of fuel injection and fuel/air mixing in high-speed flows, aircraft fuel thermal stability and ignition, and the stability and emissions of premixed flames. Prior to his graduate studies, he worked at the Boeing Aerospace Company in Washington State.

His current research areas include microgravity combustion, condensation and heat transfer in microgravity, supersonic flow, emissions of premixed flames, and materials processing.